Lise Hand: Alan plays it tough in audition for role of Mad Mullah Nua
It's easy to spot a brand-new government minister heading into the Dail chamber for his -- or more rarely, her -- very first Question Time, when members of the Opposition subject the person in the hot seat to anything from a light grilling to a full-on roasting on all manner of topics.
The newbie usually looks a bit nervous, and self-consciously sidles into the Taoiseach's seat while clutching a formidable pile of cog notes in shiny, matching folders.
But not our Justice Minister of a mere four weeks. As far as Alan Shatter is concerned, 'insecurity' is a bouncer on a pub door.